Texas A&M Engineering announces new administrative appointments for Lagoudas

Photo of Dr. Dimitris C. LagoudasDr. Dimitris C. Lagoudas has been appointed senior associate dean for research, associate vice chancellor for engineering research and interim deputy director of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of Texas A&M Engineering announced recently.

Lagoudas’ appointment as interim deputy director of TEES will be effective July 1, and he will assume the position of deputy director upon approval of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

“Dr. Lagoudas is internationally known for his work on shape memory alloys and has provided significant leadership for many major research initiatives funded by NASA, NSF and AFOSR,” says Banks. “In addition to outstanding contributions to research, Dr. Lagoudas has demonstrated effective leadership of the aerospace engineering department and will be integral to enhancing and advancing our organization into the future.”

Lagoudas will be replacing Dr. Dennis L. O’Neal, who has accepted the position of dean of Engineering and Computer Science at Baylor University.

Lagoudas currently serves as head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and holds the John and Bea Slattery Chair of Aerospace Engineering. He also serves as the Director for the Texas Institute for Intelligent Materials and Structures (TiiMS).

His research involves the design, characterization and modeling of multifunctional material systems at nano, micro and macro levels with averaging micromechanics methods developed to bridge the various length scales and functionalities including mechanical, thermal and electrical properties of nanocomposites. He has authored or co-authored more than 340 scientific publications (140 in archival journals).

He also served as the co-chair of NASA's Roadmap panel for Nanotechnologies. He was the inaugural recipient of one of the two Ford Motor Company Professorships, he is a TEES fellow, a TAMU Faculty Fellow and an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a Fellow of ASME. He was selected as an SES Fellow in 2009. He served as an Associate Vice President for Research for Texas A&M University from 2001-2004, and as the first chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Program at TAMU.

About the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)

As an engineering research agency of Texas, TEES conducts research to provide practical answers to critical state and national needs. TEES partners with academic institutions, governmental agencies, industries, and communities to solve problems to help improve the quality of life, promote economic development, and enhance the educational systems of Texas.